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The Daily Southern Cross September 9th 1874

Our thanks to Jeni Palmer for this transcription

The ship Oxford from London with immigrants arrived and anchored off the North head yesterday morning, and should the wind still continue from the westward today, the agents of the vessel, Messrs L.D. Nathan and Co., intend to have her towed up, and the immigrants landed at once. Dr. Philson, the Health Officer, visited the ship yesterday morning and admitted her to pratique. She brings 360 statute adults. He speaks of the passengers as being in excellent health and high spirits, and a very desirable addition to our population…………………months; and Patrick Roche aged 2 years.  One died from whooping cough, Susan Murray, aged 3 years. There are now fifteen cases of whooping cough on board; strange to say, although it was prevalent in London when the vessel left, it did not show itself onboard until about three weeks before her arrival. The Oxford is a find roomy iron vessel of 1252 tons register. She left Gravesend on the 9th of June, and therefore made an excellent run of 90 days from that port to Auckland. Fine weather has prevailed and the passage has been a very pleasant one. We are indebted to the chief officer for the following report which was kindly forwarded by Captain Burgess: The pilot was landed on the 11th of June, and moderately fine weather was experienced until the equator was crossed on the 6th day of July, in longitude 29 30 W. Shortly afterward spoke the ship Cathar? with immigrants for New Zealand. Had moderate S.E. trades and rounded the Cape of Good Hope on the 2nd August in latitude 63S., and ran down the Easting with fine pleasant weather. Passed to the southward of Tasmania, made the Three Kings on the 6th of September, and was off Cuvier Island on the 7th, and arrived in port early yesterday morning.

The following testimonial was presented by the passengers to the doctor:- To George Good?, B.A., M.B.M.Ch. Trinity college, Dublin, - “We the passengers by the ship Oxford from London to Auckland, wish hereby to tender to your our sincere and heartfelt thanks for the estimable manner in which you have exercised your important duties as Surgeon Superintendent. The energy, impartiality and patience, which we have experienced at your hand greatly tended to our health and happiness. That you will be fully blest in this world and rewarded in Heaven is our earnest prayer. Signed J Simpson, A Aitkens and all their fellow passengers."